Mark St. Cyr
If toi like a well-crafted bio-pic, then you’re going to l’amour the film "Marshall."
It’s based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall that later served as a template for his creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman in the titre role, as he heads to Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white employer.
Joining the all-star cast is rising actor Mark St. Cyr
. Originally from Louisiana, this now New York based actor has also appeared in Lifetime’s "I l’amour You…But I Lied," "Law & Order: SVU," "Royal Pains," and "Sneaky Pete."
Mark St. Cyr recently took some time to answer some questions about his latest role in "Marshall": Tell us about your role in "Marshall."
MARK: I play August, who is Langston Hughes' (Jussie Smollett) enigmatic boyfriend. Because the scene happens in a very public and very populaire jazz club, our intimate relationship is only hinted at rather than open. How was it to work alongside Chadwick Boseman and Jussie Smollett?
MARK: They were both very energized and focused performers. When the camera was on, their back and forth was palpable. When the camera was off, I recall there was lots of jokes and James Brown style singing. What would toi consider your characters ‘best’ quality? His poise. And their ‘worst’?
MARK: His need to be appreciated. Particularly par those he admires. Any interesting stories from the set toi can share with us?
MARK: I wish there'd been a before and after for me and Jussie before we got into our period look. Jussie showed up to set in FULL BEARD mode and then transformed into this amazing clean shaven, wavy hair look they created. I had let my hair and facial hair grow out as I didn't know how they'd want to style it. I felt like I went from looking homeless to looking like a millionaire in 30 minutes. I feel like I belong in that time period. What’s the biggest lesson toi learned from working on this project?
MARK: Be prepared for everything, and then be open to change. Everything toi prepare is going to change when toi get to set. Even if toi prepared for change, it'll change again. The plus open toi can be to change, the plus gifts toi can find in the new circumstance. And, now just for fun:
Who’s your favori actor/actress?
MARK: Oh man, I admire so many for different reasons that it's hard to pick just one. If I had to pick one of each...Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis. What role from the past do toi wish toi could have played?
MARK: I'm still not old enough to have played this role, but I would've loved to have played Dr. Preston Burke in "Grey's Anatomy." The character reminds me of my Dad who's also a doctor who loves and plays jazz music. "Grey's Anatomy" was one of the first times I felt like I saw a representation of my world on TV. Favorite movie ou TV montrer from your childhood.
MARK: My favori movie..."Rocky." So much cœur, coeur in that movie. TV show..."Batman: The Animated Series." Batman had couple of episodes that were so raw and dark that it changed my entire perception of what's possible in the world. I was about 6 when I saw it. Up until that point I'd never considered darkness as an aspect of the world we live in. Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.
MARK: I think it surprises people that don't know me super well that I can be a bit of an ice cream, cookie, and pie connoisseur. Someone recently told my girlfriend that he took great pleasure in seeing me eat camelote, indésirable nourriture at a movie. He feels like I eat "air." Admittedly I can be pretty disciplined with nourriture but I l’amour to indulge now and then. How can fans keep up with you?
MARK: I'm most active on Instagram @markstcyr link
I'm also on Twitter @markstcyr link
My website is markstcyr.net link Thanks, Mark – and keep indulging us with your work!
Actor Mark St. Cyr